Monthly Archives: January, 2021

Digital Academic Literacy Programme (DAL) delivered to 3660 students in 2020

The CIECT Team has designed and developed the Digital Academic Literacy (DAL) Programme. This basic computer literacy programme is offered to 1st year students (novice users).  The CIECT Team collaborates with the Faculty to identify student needs. The programme is integrated into accredited modules across various faculties including EMS, Education, CHS, Dentistry, Law and Arts. The team implemented a Skills Assessment Manager (SAM) platform (Interactive online training) to complement the face-to-face teaching. The use of SAM is to strengthen the blended-teaching approach, to train and support students. **Moreover, the SAM platform assisted with student online training during the national lockdown period.

The DAL Programme includes eTools training (institutional Learning Management System/ iKamva). The LMS is also used as a mode of delivery for the DAL Programme:

●       Online classes

o   Due to the national lockdown, classes were delivered online using different platform such as Google Hangouts, Big Blue Button (BBB) which embedded on Learning Management System (iKamva)

●      iKamva (LMS)

o   Various eTools are used to deliver the programme such as announcements, course resources, Test & Quizzes, Assignments, Discussion Forum, structured lesson tool and online lessons through the ” Big Blue Button” tool.

●       SAM (Skills Assessment Manager)

o   The Skills Assessment Manager (SAM) is an online tool, which assists students with acquiring ICT skills. The Skills Assessment Manager (SAM) hosts an interactive online environment, including simulations, instructional videos and a self-assessment interface. Students are able to view instructional videos on how to complete tasks within the SAM platform. Students are able to practice skills acquired during the video presentation before completing an online.

o   The greatest challenge is that the SAM platform is only compatible with a desktop, laptop and some tablets depending on the screen size, and use data. Hence the CIECT team emphasises a blended approach for the delivery of the DAL Programme, especially use of simulations. [An ideal support system for DAL is a blended approach whereby some students are able to access the resources such as labs and wifi; and others access from home].

●      Assessments DAL Programme 2020: The Programme assessments were conducted via the LMS (iKamva) in 2020, since it can be accessed via the smart phones. Some students did not participate especially during the first semester due to the devices and data challenges as expected. The total number of 363 (10.8%) students did not participate and were deferred. They participated in the catch-up Programme (December 2020 and January 2021).

The DAL Programme is offered over a semester to participating Faculties. Departments engage with CIECT to design customised lessons.

Planning

●       The CIECT team conducts formal meetings with specific departments, to discuss the scope of the delivery of the Digital Academic Literacy (DAL) Programme. The meetings entail aspects related to departmental specific needs; Programme outline and the agreement of the delivery of specific packages.

●       CIECT and the department develops and signs Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

●       The CIECT team recruits senior students as Tutors (co-facilitators) to assist with the DAL programme via work-study programme.

** It should be noted that in 2020 the CIECT team successfully delivered the Digital Academic Literacy Programme to 3660 students including the customised workshops during semester one.

We encourage the UWC community to contact CIECT a year in advance to plan for the following academic year.

NB: CIECT is not able to accommodate any  new department for the current academic year 2021

CIECT: Student Orientation Interventions 2021

The Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) has designed and developed various online student orientation interventions to assist with the familiarisation and easy navigation for First-year students and novice users. Some of the exciting features of studying at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) is that lecturers and tutors make use of blended teaching and learning approaches. That means that course content is made available using both online and face-to-face delivery methods and students are able to communicate and complete assessments, and exams online, from any location. Various Multimedia and ICT resources have been developed which students can access. One of the modes in which content is delivered utilises  the institution’s Learning Management System (LMS), known as iKamva. An LMS is a website/platform through which to access course materials, made available by lecturers. It can be accessed via computer, tablet and mobile phone via a normal browser OR make use of the Android Mobile Application. 

Our team at the Centre for Innovative Education and Communication Technologies (CIECT) assists with all LMS queries. In addition, CIECT also focuses on specific niche areas which include ICTs and Multimedia support which will be required as a student’s journey through their university career.

Student Orientation Interventions                                    Description
Available at
Student Online Course: iKamva familiarisationA General Orientation module (ORI 001) has been developed within the institutional Learning Management System (LMS), iKamva. The orientation module has been designed and is a self-directed module with clear and simplified instructions. This module is structured with units representing content including: screen recordings, detailed navigation instructions, instructional guides and ‘how-to’ videos and technical requirements in order to familiarise yourself with navigation within a fully online module.Students will be able to practice specific activities within this Orientation module by submitting an Assignment, engage in an online quiz, download Course Resources and engage in a Discussion Forum.  This module is a public course for all students to join and orientate yourself regarding the familiarisation and navigation of the online environment.The module can be viewed by clicking on this link:
https://ikamva.uwc.ac.za/portal/site/46867961-d93f-43b6-9ba3-1e604e995c53/page/eb8d4b5f-4579-47a0-a24f-ee431911671c
‘How to access the LMS, namely iKamva’:Student LoginAs a student you will be required to login to iKamva with your username and password: Username: student number (411234); and Password: ID (13 digits) or DOB (yyyymmdd).   View screencasts demonstrating how to access and login to iKamva on our CIECT YouTube Channel   https://tinyurl.com/y9osr4aq
iKamva: Student NavigationThis unit introduces you to iKamva, the Learning Management System (LMS) used at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and its navigation in order to become familiar with various content, communication and assessment eTools. The various eTools and how to use it are further explained in the instructional videos View screencasts demonstrating how to navigate the iKamva Platform on our CIECT YouTube Channel
https://tinyurl.com/y5c5md74
iKamva: AnnouncementsThe Announcements allows the lecturer to share course related messages to the entire class. As a student you will see the Announcement messages displayed in the course. This can also be viewed via your student email.View screencasts demonstrating how to view Announcements on our CIECT YouTube Channelhttps://tinyurl.com/y5yscetb
iKamva: Discussion ForumsThe Discussion forum enables you to view and reflect on specific discussion topics which your lecturer has created. You are able to discuss, debate and post replies within a certain time-frame related to a topic from any geographical locationView screencasts demonstrating how to engage in the Discussion Forum on our CIECT YouTube Channel https://tinyurl.com/y42yxthf
iKamva: Course ResourcesThis eTool allows you to view the structured learning resources (files and folders) such as powerpoint lecture presentations, videos, course outlines, spreadsheets, audio recordings. This can be downloaded and saved to your electronic device for review View screencasts demonstrating how to access, view and download Course Resources on our CIECT YouTube Channel: https://tinyurl.com/y3vdlrpc
iKamva: Tests and QuizzesLecturers will create online assessments (i.e., tests, exams, quizzes, and surveys) for delivery within the module. This will enable you to view and complete the online tests during a specific time-frame.View screencasts demonstrating how to engage in Tests and Quizzes on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/y4phxzjh
iKamva: LessonsLessons is a tool that allows lecturers to organise learning resources, activities, and media on a single page which you are able to view and engage with. As a student you will be able to viewView screencasts demonstrating how to access and view the Course Lessons on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/yxz3jhfs
iKamva: Upload and Submit AssignmentsThe assignment eTool allows you to view and submit assignments, papers and projects electronically to your facilitator. Assignments can be assessed in different areas of the module. Your lecturer may provide a link to assignments on the module menu or a content area. Your student submissions are private and not visible to other student users within the module.View screencasts demonstrating the use how to submit Assignment on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/y2omxcsc

‘How to use Gmail’

Gmail or Google mail is a free web based email client launched by Google which integrates into various cloud based online tools. Logging into your Gmail account automatically gives you access to Google’s cloud computing services. This allows you to make us

View screencasts demonstrating the use of various Gmail features on our CIECT YouTube Channel:https://tinyurl.com/yy8md6nr
‘How to create a Google Sheet’Google Sheet provides you with enhanced tools that will assist you in creating professional looking spreadsheets. The software will allow you to use most of the traditional Excel functions.View a screencast on how to use Google Sheet on our CIECT YouTube Channel: 
https://tinyurl.com/y5neqa5h
‘How to use and create Google Docs’Google Docs provides you with enhanced tools that will assist you in creating professional looking documents. The software will allow you to insert graphics and text to enhance your completed documents.View a screencast on how to use Google Docs on our CIECT YouTube Channel: 
https://tinyurl.com/y2jga5tj
‘How to use and create Google Hangouts’Instant messaging service with video conferencing; available for computers as well as portable devices. View a screencast on how to use Google Hangouts on our CIECT YouTube Channel: https://tinyurl.com/y473zn67

‘How to use Google Drive’
Dedicated online storage repository for documents, files and multimedia content.View a screencast on how to use Google drive on our CIECT YouTube Channel: 
https://tinyurl.com/y3wabjfa    
‘How to create a Podcast’Podcasts are sound clips that are recorded, edited and saved as audio files and made available onlineView a screencasts on how to record and edit audio on our CIECT YouTube Channel: https://tinyurl.com/y5cfx4jd
‘How to create a Concept Map’Concept maps are tools for organizing and representing knowledge. They include concepts, usually enclosed in circles or boxes of some type, and relationships between concepts or propositions, indicated by a connecting line between two concepts. Words on these lines can be used to specify the nature of the relationships between different concepts.View a screencast on how to create a Concept Map on our CIECT YouTube Channel: 
https://tinyurl.com/y3metogo
‘Basic video editing’Video editing is the process of enhancing raw video footage. Basic techniques applied to video include: Effects, Transitions, Titles and Background music. Video clips created and edited within software are saved in snippets (collected data and findings)View a screencast on how to edit a video on our CIECT YouTube Channel:
https://tinyurl.com/y2psvswz

*Notes: The Learning Management System, iKamva is zero-rated (which means you can access it by using limited to no data (depending on your Service Provider). It should be noted, Google Applications are free web based applications released by Google which integrates into various cloud based systems. Logging into your Gmail account automatically gives you access to Google’s cloud computing services. This allows users to make use of many services, which are freely available within the Google Cloud based system.

The CIECT team endeavours to make use of Open Source applications for the training of Multimedia content to ensure all students can access these tools. 

Pre-requisites 

The student should ensure that he/she should be equipped with:

  • Laptop 
  • Tablet
  • Smart phone
  • Data or WIFI